About The Regent, DTLA
Originally opened in 1914 as The National. Three years later, the name was changed to The Regent, as we still know it today. After decades as a grindhouse and adult movie venue, the theater was closed in 2000, only to lay dormant for several years. Six years later, developer Tom Gilmore acquired the property, using it as an occasional art and performance space for the monthly Thursday night Downtown Art Walk. Known for its sloped floor, proscenium archway and gothic-inspired ceiling, The Regent is a true relic and the last remaining historic movie theater on Downtown LA’s Main Street. Music promoter Mitchell Frank, along with Artist and Recreation, LLC, and Knitting Factory Entertainment Inc., took over the lease in 2012 and has restored the theatre to its former glory. Improvements include an update on all interiors, second story mezzanine for killer viewing as well as a pizzeria (Prufrock Pizzeria) and bar (The Love Song).
The Regent Theater hosts concerts, themed dance nights, theater performances, movie screenings, special events, parties and festivals.
The Regent Theater: For Our Daily Love of Music - LA Downtowner
The Regent Theater is located in the Bank District neighborhood in Downtown L.A. at 448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
We are a short skip or walk from various bus stops and the closest metro stop is located at Pershing Square, which is just 3 small city blocks away from the venue. Directions are available here.
The door time varies. Be sure to check ticket links for door times.
You are in luck. We offer several all ages shows. Please check the website to make sure you are age appropriate before attending.
Our highly informative weekly mailing list is a great way to keep up to date, sign up!
You can purchase tickets online, after 4pm at Prufrock Pizzeria box office (446 S Main St in DTLA), or at the door. Keep up to date with Facebook and Twitter as well as our weekly mailing list for the latest announcements! Some shows will sell out in advance!
The majority of ours shows are standing room only but rest assured there isn’t a bad sight line in the house. From time to time we will host a seated show but it will be listed on the website that seating is based on first come first served.
YES! If you are attending an event and need assistance please email access[at]regentdtla.com and our friendly staff will make accommodations for you.
NO. Not unless you have a note from your mom
Small handbags and tote bags are permissible, full size backpacks are not.
Yes, there are plenty of places to lock up your bike. Make sure to use a good quality U-lock and cable (I use Kryptonite), make sure to lock up both tires. Yes, people do steal the wheels.
Absolutely no professional cameras (any camera with a removable lens) or recording devices are allowed without a photo pass. Further restrictions do apply, even with a photo pass. Venue enforces shooting professional photos during the first 3 songs with no flash, and requires a photo release. Camera phones are allowed and Instagramming is encouraged at most shows. Camera phones and nonprofessional cameras are at the discretion of the artist performing, so please check the photo policy at the door. If you plan to shoot video, please let us know in advance.
Please contact the artist you would like to photograph about getting a photo pass for their show at one of our venues. We (Spaceland) cannot grant photo passes–as it is the artist’s decision as to who they want photographing them. Same policy stands for press passes - please contact the artist’s label or publicist for this. Unfortunately, we cannot give you this contact information.
Valet is located at the corner of 4th and Main, one short block from The Regent. There are also three paid surface lots conveniently located across the street from the venue between 4th and 5th Street. If you happen to get Doris Day parking please make sure to read the street signs carefully.
Downtown L.A. is a Mecca of great food. We just happen to be neighbors with some of the best restaurants and chefs in L.A. Check out Bar Amá, Bäco Mercat, or experience fresh made sushi hand rolls by KazuNori, they are habit forming good! There is also Neapolitan style wood fired pizza being sliced at Prufrock Pizzeria located at The Regent.
Several hotels are located in the downtown area and are just blocks from the venue. A few good solid options are The Ace Hotel, The Standard, Omni, Westin Bonaventure, Sheraton, The Biltmore, The O Hotel and the Best Western Dragon Inn in Chinatown.
If you’re interested in working at The Regent please send an email to info[at]regentdtla.com
Yes, email us at info[at]regentdtla.com to learn more! Please include the top 5 bands you are currently listening to.
Yes, The Regent can be rented for private events email us at email@example.com for details!
Please come on down to check if we’ve found it. Our staff can help you access the lost and found anytime after 8:00 PM!
All sales are final. We don't offer refunds or exchanges unless a show is canceled. Please keep in mind that support acts and set times are subject to change at any time and this does not warrant a refund.
Special Events & Rentals
The Regent Theater DTLA is available to rent for corporate functions and parties, private receptions, film shoots, and other special events that best fits the esthetic of the venue. The location has 3 spaces; a beautiful 2-story historic theater, a front neighborhood bar called Love Song, and a Neapolitan- style pizzeria called Prufrock with an authentic downtown feel.
To set up a tour of the venue, email firstname.lastname@example.org.